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Young people 'need to manage career opportunities'

Published: Friday, 09 November 2007   Category: Career Advice

Youngsters need to be aware of the career opportunities that are open to them and learn about the world of business and enterprise, the Enterprise Education Trust (EET) has said.

The EET said that television programmes such as The Apprentice and Dragon's Den were playing a big role in the changing perceptions of business and bringing entrepreneurship to the attention of a younger audience by showing them how "exciting" it can be.

Catherine Swift, a representative of the EET, said: "What it is like in a workplace or a business isn't something that is high on the agenda and many teachers find it difficult to teach.

"Learning about business and being entrepreneurial is... important due to the change in society in general – no-one is going to have a job for life anymore. Young people are going to have to manage their own careers and look for their own career opportunities."

She went on to explain that most companies have smaller structures than they used to, with fewer planned career routes.

"If you are ambitions and want to get ahead in life you need to be able to see every opportunity. Enterprise could be the way forward if you can't find what you are looking for," she added.

In 2005, research from City and Guilds revealed that 49 per cent of Britain's youngsters would rather set up their own business than work for someone else.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18350394-ADNFCR

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